OLD CATHOLIC CEMETERY (West)
Radio Road, Pearsall,Texas
The Old Catholic Cemetery is getting a face-lift. Over the past two years, Rey G. Ramirez and Arnold (Nandy) Hernandez have contributed their own time and monies (over $700) to revitalize the appearance of this cemetery.
As many of you know, the older portion of this cemetery was in dire need of cleanup, general maintenance, etc. to bring it up to acceptable standards. Some graves had caved in and needed fill dirt; shrubs had grown into trees and needed trimming or even removal; prickly pear had overrun some graves and had to be taken out; and, weeds and grass had to be controlled and mowed.
This condition is not necessarily due to willful neglect. Many families have died off or in some cases, their descendants, two or three generations removed, have moved away from Frio County. Taking proper care of cemetery plots from afar is a very difficult proposition.
Rey and Nandy took matters into their own hands. They created the "Cemetery Cleanup Group," a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that could accept donations to be used to help clean up and maintain this cemetery. They have
received some donations but the bulk of the money they have raised has come from a 800-pound steer that Nandy donated for a raffle last September. Nandy butchered, processed and packaged the meat making the prize more valuable. They raised $2600 from this raffle with all proceeds going to help them with their work.
Nandy is donating another processed and packaged steer for a raffle that will held May 8th at the Fiesta. Tickets for this raffle are $1.00 each and can be obtained from Rey or Nandy. They can be reached at (830) 334-1038 or (830) 334-7775.
In addition to the cleanup, an inventory of all graves is being performed. This project is being spearheaded by Joe Tafolla; with help from Rey Ramirez, Nandy Hernandez, John Hawley and Margie Morales Warren. So far, 602 graves have been inventoried with 351 having names and/or identifiable data on
them. 251 graves have no identifiable markings.
The goal is to have a listing of all the graves "on-line" within the next 60 - 90 days, so individuals who have Internet access can view it. Copies of this listing will also be provided to the Pearsall Public Library. Persons who do not have access to the Internet will have an opportunity to make use
of this information by visiting the library.
This listing will be posted on the "Frio County TXGenWeb Project" web page located at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txfrio/
You, too, can be part of this process. Should you know of a relative or friend who is buried in the cemetery but who is not found on the list, please notify Rey or Nandy at the telephone numbers above so we can update our listing. We are seeking the "full" name; however, additional information such as date of birth, date of death, or any other pertinent data, if known, would also be helpful.
We really need your help in identifying unmarked graves and in maintaining the cemetery grounds. Your purchase of raffle tickets for our fundraiser will go a long way towards helping us acquire these goals.